Alice and Bob can't stand to be around each other. Everyone else, however, needs to get them both in a room together. Maybe they want Alice and Bob to work out their differences, or maybe their simultaneous presence is required for something totally unrelated.
So, Charlie lures them both to the same meeting by telling Alice that Bob won't be there and telling Bob that Alice won't be there. Needless to say, they are pissed off when they show up and see one another, usually saying something like "What's HE doing here?" and/or trying to storm out immediately.
Can be part of a Feud Episode
if Alice and Bob were originally friends, and reconcile shortly thereafter. If they wind up stuck in the room alone (after being lured there, or just by accident), it's Locked in a Room
. May become A Simple Plan
if getting them in the same place is more complicated than previously expected.
- In Goldfinger, the title character gets gangsters from all over the country into the same room together, much to their displeasure. He's doing it so he can exercise his ego by explaining his master plan to them. He then murders them with the nerve gas he was planning to use on Fort Knox.
Hood #1: Goldfinger, why weren't we told New York and the West Coast were in on this?
Hood #2: I do not do business with Chicago.
Hood #3: I thought we had a private business deal to settle. Now I find I'm attending a hoods' convention.
- Somewhat averted in Gilligan's Island. The castaways threw a party to reunite the Howells after they had an argument. When invited, each asked, "Will that man (that woman) be there?" But instead of lying, the others were honest and answered that the other would be present.
- Done by Jean a few times in As Time Goes By when Judy and Sandy are angry at Alistair and Harry (respectively) and she's trying to get them back together. It's so expected that Judy assumes this is the case when Alistair drops by for a completely unrelated reason.
- A mass version of this occurs in the Shadowrun sourcebook Aztlan. The Great Dragon Dunklezahn uses trickery to get a number of immortal elves and other powerful characters together in the same chat session, many of whom hate each other and would never get together voluntarily.
- In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Naughty Nautical Neighbors", Squidward gets SpongeBob and Patrick fighting against each other, which results in the two of them trying to make Squidward their new best friend. To put an end to that, he invites the two separately to his house for soda and leaves them alone. The two eventually reconcile (although Squidward's house is destroyed in the process).
- In The Simpsons episode "The PTA Disbands", Edna Krabappel calls a strike of the teachers' union to protest Principal Skinner's miserly spending. Ultimately Bart and Milhouse have to trick the other two into Skinner's office and lock the door to force negotiations. Being trapped together "like prisoners" in their own school inspires the faculty to rent out the school cloakrooms to the Springfield Prison.
- In the episode "Behind the Laughter," the whole family is in a feud, and Willie Nelson holds a phony awards ceremony to get them back together. He invites each member individually to accept a TV award without telling them that the other members will be there to accept it with them.